Improve Your Energy Efficiency with Propane
Propane is one of the most versatile sources of energy for your home, able to power everything from furnaces and fireplaces to whole house generators and cooking ranges (or even vehicles). But propane’s versatility wouldn’t matter much if it didn’t also do its job well.
Fortunately for many home Finger Lakes-area homeowners, propane does its job exceptionally well, burning so hot and clean that propane equipment can achieve efficiency rating percentages reaching well into the 90s.
In fact, when it comes to efficiency, propane will outperform many other power sources – especially electricity – when used for such home comfort applications as:
- Whole home heating – A propane gas furnace will heat air to about 130 degrees for short periods of time, which is a good way to balance comfort and cost. Contrast this approach with that of an electric heat pump, which operates almost continuously and produces air that feels cool to the touch (not particularly comforting on a winter night in New York State). When temperatures drop into the teens and single digits, a heat pump typically relies on an electrical heating element to keep pace; once that backup system kicks in, efficiency – one of the big selling points of a heat pump – drops dramatically.
- Space heaters – Propane indoor gas heaters can be used to create a high efficiency zone heating set-up in your home, enabling you to target cold spots and spend your heating dollars where they have the most impact.
- Propane hearths – It costs anywhere from 30 to 60 percent less per hour to operate a direct-vent propane fireplace or cast iron stove than a wood-burning fireplace, which loses much of its heat to your chimney (it’s also a lot more convenient to flip a switch than it is to set up and break down a wood fire).
- Water heating – A propane water heater can deliver hot water at about half the cost of an electric water heater – or even less if you use a tankless water heating system. Some of today’s propane water heaters can reach efficiency ratings of 98 percent!
The bottom line: When it comes to efficiently powering your home comfort equipment, propane delivers, especially when compared to electricity – which means lower bills, more comfort, and a smaller carbon footprint for you.
Thinking about adding a propane-powered appliance to your Finger Lakes-area home? We can help! Contact us to learn more or get a FREE, no obligation estimate on clean, green high efficiency propane equipment today.